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Published 15 May 2024 4 min read
Women's U17

Report: England WU17s 2-0 Poland

Written by:

Zac Vassell

Young Lionesses seal a spot in the UEFA Women's U17 EURO Final, and FIFA U17 World Cup, after victory in Malmo


England women’s under-17s defeated Poland 2-0 in their semi-final on Wednesday to secure their place in a first-ever final of this competition as well as qualify for the FIFA U17 World Cup later this year.

Goals from Niamh Peacock and Vera Jones helped seal the victory for the Young Lionesses, who have now won all four of their games at the competition in Sweden.

The Young Lionesses started the semi-final fast, with midfielder Jones coming close to opening the scoring early. She saw her deflected strike hit the woodwork after displaying some nice footwork inside the box.

Natalie Henderson’s side would continue to apply early pressure, with this paying off at the 30-minute mark. A looping cross from Lola Brown was spilt by the goalkeeper, presenting Peacock with a simple chance to take the lead.

England looked to capitalise on this momentum, with some wonderful footwork on show again as Jones slalomed her way into the box before doubling their advantage.

Poland started the quicker of the two sides in the second half, with Hope McSheffrey being called upon on a handful of occasions to start the second period.

Weronika Arasniewicz and Laila Harbert battle for the ball in Wednesday's semi-final clash in Malmo
Weronika Arasniewicz and Laila Harbert battle for the ball in Wednesday's semi-final clash in Malmo

Chances for the Young Lionesses were scarce in the second half, as Henderson's side looked to stay compact to halt the Polish threat and show impressive game management knowing what was at stake.

With a golden chance squandered by midfielder Weronika Arasniewicz midway through the second half, Poland were unable to find a footing back into the game.

England went on to secure the victory and clean sheet after a strong defensive performance, which also ensured qualification for the U17 World Cup in Dominican Republic later this year.

Having dispatched of their opposition convincingly throughout the tournament, England will now return to Malmo to focus on their final this Saturday when they face off with Spain to determine the winners.

The final will kick-off at 4pm BST and be available to watch on the BBC in the UK.

England: 1 Hope McSheffrey (Arsenal), 2 Nelly Las (Leicester City), 3 Rachel Maltby (Aston Villa), 4 Laila Harbert © (Arsenal), 6 Cecily Wellesley-Smith (Oxford United), 7 Erica Parkinson (FC Valadares), 9 Isabella Fisher (Arsenal), 10 Vera Jones (Barry Town), 11 Lola Brown (Chelsea) 15 Niamh Peacock (Arsenal), 20 Jane Oboavwoduo (Manchester City)

Substitutes: 14 Emily Cassap (Sunderland) for Jones 80’

Peacock 29’, Jones 34’

Head Coach: Natalie Henderson